Volvo to expand its range even more with new XC40
Volvo is continuing its precise incision into the SUV market, specifically the compact-SUV segment, with the imminent reveal of the Volvo XC40.
Set to dance on the same stage as the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, the XC40 is a strong contender for the market and will arrive sometime in 2018. It will be the third and smallest member of the refreshed SUV line-up at Volvo, under the XC60 and XC90.
An exclusive photo of the Volvo XC40 was posted on a Volvo fan page on Instagram after being posted on Volvo’s official Instagram before being swiftly removed. The photo is a classic teaser with a very dark portion of the photo covering the rest of the XC40. The part of the photo that we can see shows the rear side-profile of the car without any camouflage or disguise. The swoopy window-line and vertical tail-lights are reminiscent of the Volvo XC60; however Volvo says that the front end will take on an even bolder design.
The Volvo XC40 will also be offered with a funky and vibrant colour palette for options such as new Lava Orange carpets and Red Oxide leather upholstery. A lot of premium materials and finishes are also expected to be available for the interior.
As with most new Volvo’s, expect the XC40 to be joined by a V40 and an S40 sedan. These should rival cars like the Mercedes A-Class and the Audi A3 sedan.
In terms of engines, Volvo has confirmed Twin Engine plug-in hybrid technology for the new ‘40’ range. We can also expect a new 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol power unit to power the base models, alongside a four-cylinder diesel.
A reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September is unlikely as Volvo tends to hold exclusive events of their own to launch new cars. It will debut this year though, before going on sale in 2018.